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Revd Sara's Reflections - w/c 23rd October 2022

And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation.” 1 Peter 1:5 (NLT)

Hope matters.

In a world that often looks bleak, we need to understand that God’s best is yet to come.

In 1 Peter 1, we find five reasons why we can have hope, no matter what’s going on in our life.

God chose you before you chose him.

God always treats you with grace and mercy

God has secured your future.

Today we’ll look at the fourth reason to have hope:

God’s power will protect you.

The Bible says, “And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation” (1 Peter 1:5 NLT).

Sometimes we all find ourselves in situations where we feel hopeless, helpless, and powerless.

The truth is you are not hopeless, helpless, or powerless when you have God’s Spirit in your life. God says that his mighty power will protect you.

Have you ever walked by a house and seen a sign that says, “Protected by a security system”? As a follower of Christ, you could have something similar, a sign that says, “Protected by God.”

The word “protect” in 1 Peter 1:5 literally means “garrison.” It means you’re continuously guarded by God’s power.

God is watching over you every moment of the day, just as a sentry or bodyguard would. Everything in your life is Father-filtered. He uses even the hard things caused by your sin or others’ sin for his good.

What’s our role in all of this? It’s really simple: You trust God. You are surrounded by an all-loving, all-powerful God, and you can always have hope, knowing that his power will protect.

Prayerfully reflect

  • How does the picture of God acting as a sentry, watching over and protecting you, impact how you will approach the challenges you face today?

  • Do you trust God’s protection in every area of your life? Why or why not?

  • How have you seen God’s protection play out in your life?

As we enter the season of Remembering may you know and feel God’s protection and abundant love. love and prayers Revd Sara 💜🙏

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